Queens Wood Community Garden
Volunteering times: Mondays and Thursdays, from 9.30am to 1pm.
Closest Station: Highate
As well as being one of the boroughs three Local Nature Reserves, Queens Wood Nature Reserve is one of four ancient woodlands in Haringey. These woods are thought to be the direct descendants of the original ‘wildwood’, which covered most of Britain about five thousand years ago.
Behind Queen’s Wood Cafe, near the entrance of the reserve, is an organic garden surrounded by trees with a tranquil quality with flowers, fruit and vegetables growing side by side and bees from the hives gathering pollen. The garden is maintained by volunteers who work there on Mondays and Thursdays, from 9.30am to 1pm. Plant sales are held often at weekends or at special Plant Sale Open Days. The garden has also held workshops on recycling and compost making for school and other groups of children. A booklet on organic gardening is available from the Lodge café – price £1.50.
Leave your details at the café if you are interested or email Poppy Berelowitz, Urban Grower at email@example.com
Volunteering times: Monday and Tuesday 10am - 4pm drop in
Closest Station: Stoke Newington/Finsbury Park
Growing Communities is a community-led organisation based in Hackney, North London, which is providing a real alternative to the current damaging food system. They run a local veg-box scheme, markets and patchwork farms. Anyone who is interested in gardening and growing can volunteer - no previous experience is necessary! It's a great way of improving your growing skills and meeting other local people while making a real contribution to Growing Communities' aim of setting up practical, long-lasting alternatives to the current food system. Last year over 100 volunteers worked with us on the sites. The volunteers work with Growing Communities' growers Paul Bradbury and Sophie Verhagen to help produce organic salad leaves at our market gardens in Hackney. The produce is sold through our organic fruit and vegetable box scheme.
Allens Gardens site has volunteer days every Monday, while Springfield Park and Clissold Park sites have volunteer days every Tuesday. All volunteer days run from 10am till 4pm. If you are interested in volunteering, come along to the sites at any of the volunteer times. Children are welcome.
Kentish Town City Farm
"If you have ever been on the Overground noticed horses near Gospel Oak station, you will have had a sneak peek at Kentish Town City Farm. Tucked in and around the railway, a treasure trove of wildlife unfolds as you explore: goats romp under brick arches, sheep bleat over the whirring of nearby trains and frogs croak in a lively pond. Children are at the heart of the farm, with a range of weekend workshops, an under-fives activity room and a dedicated team of local young volunteers. With councils cutting funding, farms like this will struggle to continue this good work, but they are keeping spirits up with a range of activities, including building a working kiln and riding ponies." Time Out
London City Farms reviewed by Time out
Time out have done a great list of the London City Farms including information on costs, who can visit and locations. Check it out here for more details http://www.timeout.com/london/things-to-do/city-farms-in-london.
Adamah Farm Fellowship
Adamah cultivates the soil and the soul to produce food, to build and transform identities, and to gather a community of people changing the world. That means we grow vegetables, fruit, herbs, goats, flowers, eggs, and more using organic and sustainable methods and grow people by creating hands-on experiences with ecology, food systems, spiritual practice, a vibrant evolving Judaism, and intentional community.
Now in its tenth successful year, Adamah: The Jewish Environmental Fellowship is a three-month leadership training program for Jewish adults ages 20-32 that integrates organic agriculture, farm-to-table living, Jewish learning, community building, and spiritual practice.
And if the fellowship is not for you, the Isabella Freedman Jewish retreat centre where Adamah is based runs lots of farm family vacations, holidays during the festivals, meditation retreats and much more.
Transition Network is a charitable organisation whose role is to inspire, encourage, connect, support and train communities as they self-organise around the Transition model, creating initiatives that rebuild resilience and reduce CO2 emissions.
Ultimately it’s about creating a healthy human culture, one that meets our needs for community, livelihoods and fun. We’re here to support you. We run events, conferences, trainings, blogs, webinars. We produce monthly newsletters, books, films, guides, tweets, and more, all with the intention of best supporting those around the world who are doing Transition.
Get involved with your local transition network to help grow in your community, run markets, organise book clubs and much more.